House '90%' Done on Own Immigration Reform Bill
Secret 8-member team hopes to have own proposal in February
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2013 11:47 AM CST
Texas Rep. John Carter is reportedly one of eight House members on a secret committee trying to create a comprehensive immigration reform bill.   (http://carter.house.gov/official-photo/)

(Newser) – Not to be outdone by the Senate, a secret, eight-person team—four Democrats and four Republicans—in the House of Representatives is putting together its own immigration bill, reports Politico. Although the group won't make its initial deadline of tomorrow, sources say the House team is making good progress and should have a bill ready by Feb. 12. It's “90% there," said Rep. John Carter, reportedly one of the eight members working on the bill.

While not many details are forthcoming yet, sources say the biggest difference with the Senate bill is the fierce GOP opposition in the House to amnesty, which Carter says they've addressed "with compassion." President Obama reiterated yesterday his desire for comprehensive immigration reform, "in the first half of the year if possible," according to Politico. But with so many conservatives deeply wary of immigration reform, Sen. Marco Rubio may hold the key to getting a deal done, reports Roll Call. "If Rubio signals any mistrust or misgivings, the whole thing collapses," said one GOP pollster.

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sfreeman
Jan 31, 2013 8:31 PM CST
The Republican plan: draw all the illegals out into the open with promises of amnesty and then have the NRA gun them down.
melvin polatnick
Jan 31, 2013 2:38 PM CST
Many poor white separatists cannot afford to live in high rental racial enclaves and are being mugged and raped in their low cost crime filled neighborhoods. They should be rescued by a federally sponsored rent subsidy program that will allow them to afford the high costs of living in a white racial enclave.
DougMasters
Jan 31, 2013 1:57 PM CST
You mean the let the illegals skate the system bill?